Food safety is the joint responsibility of everyone involved in the food supply chain, from farm to fork. Starting with agricultural production and processing to transport and food preparation, preventing food safety issues requires caution at every step. The EU food safety policy comprises comprehensive legislation on food safety and food hygiene as well as a system of checks and enforcement in order to protect consumers’ health.
Consumer expectations for safe, high-quality, and affordable food products are high. This article focuses on the efforts of all stakeholders in the food supply chain to ensure only safe and quality foods reach the market, and discusses the challenges of the complex global food supply chain.
Consumers rightfully expect that food is safe to eat and to comply with these requirements, many food businesses follow relevant industry standards.
Codex Alimentarius, literally translated from Latin "food code,” is a series of food safety standards formulated to protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in food trade.